A Dust-Up More Than Latina Roles In 'Devious Maids'

By Yvonne VillarrealJune one, 2013, 8:00 a.m.
Fish have to swim. Birds have to fly. Marc Cherry has got to create females.
A minimum of which is how the creator of "Desperate Housewives" clarifies why he jumped into one more female-heavy series following a headline-grabbing run along with his ABC drama that provided behind-the-scenes havoc and a face-off in court with 1 of its stars. And previously, the brand new a single is proving to wag as a lot of tongues.
With "Devious Maids," Cherry shifts his target from your sordidness of suburban everyday living towards the class wars playing out in superior culture. Set in Beverly Hills, the collection facilities on 5 Latina domestic workers who know the filthy insider secrets of their well-heeled businesses and later become strongly bonded each time a housemaid is murdered.
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An adaptation of your Mexican series "Ellas son la Alegria del Hogar" (They are really the joy of Home"), the new Life time demonstrate seeks to take advantage of the good results of upstairs/downstairs dramas like PBS' "Downton Abbey." Needless to say, this system, and that is govt produced by "Desperate Housewives" alum Eva Longoria, comes with Cherry's signature camp and sass slathered onto a melodramatic basis.
But even prior to the show's premiere June 23, there currently appears to generally be some cleansing approximately do. The soapy drama - filled with scheming maids, Spanish guitar-strumming and accordion-heavy transitions - finds itself accused of perpetuating destructive stereotypes.
The title did not do by itself any favors, and following a sexed-up trailer strike the world wide web, the criticism heated up a lot more. The backlash set quite a few around the show on their guard.
"First of all, I need to understand the angle of your respective story," Longoria started within a modern phone interview using the Situations. "Is it a favourable just one or possibly a destructive just one?"
The actress, who lately obtained her master's degree in Chicano Reports from Cal State Northridge, reported she was dismayed through the reaction to the sequence - just before its premiere.
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